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invited cleopatra and nathaniel pendleton. their 15-year-old daughter hadiya pendleton was killed last month in chicago just about a mile from the president and first lady's chicago home. the first lady also invited police lieutenant brian murphy, who was the first on the scene police officer at the oak creek, wisconsin sikh temple mass shooting in august. lieutenant murphy took 15 bullets to the head, neck, and body when he confronted that well-armed shooter that day. he survived. also seated with the first lady was another sandy hook teacher, kaitlin roig. the first lady has hosted victims of mass shootings at the state of the union before, but in past years that honor, that symbolism never translated to the speech itself. right? to policy. well, that this year in 2013, it changed. >> senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals. police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets because these police chiefs, they're tired of seeing their guys and gals be
what you were going to say, john, so forgive me, but the parents ofh -- of hadiya pendleton who had performed at the president's inauguration and then her life was taken randomly in a park where she was playing with her friends. >> reporter: that's exactly right. i think that's the challenge that we're confronting here. he is meeting now behind closed doors in a private meeting. they aren't allowing any still photographers or even a spray of this meeting. he's meeting with 16 students at this school, hyde park academy, 16 students who take part in an anti-violence program, who talk about mentoring, who talk about helping youth at risk. these are students who have -- some are in this by choice, some have been urged to join this group by school leaders, school teachers and administrators. the school described this conversation as a heart-to-heart talk between the president, who does know these streets, knows this area. his home is only two miles away from this high school. to talk to these young men about what it's like to grow up in an environment like this, in a tough neighborhood,
issues in the black community today. guns. 15-year-old hadiya pendleton died a week after performing at the inauguration, a victim of gun violence in chicago. >> she was 15 years old. she loved fig newtons. she was a majorette. she was so good to her friends they all thought they were her best friend. >> it's so sweet but in too many ways her story is unextraordinary because black america is plagued by gun violence. in 2011 the number of blacks under 22 killed by guns was more than triple the number of u.s. soldiers killed in afghanistan. the number of plaque children killed by gunfire since 1979 is over 13 times more than the number of blacks lynched between 1882 and 1968. and since 1969 homicides involving firearms have been the leading cause of death for black males age 15 to 19. that is the leading cause of hopelessness and nihilism and morbidity we see in our young black men who feel themselves one step away from the grave every day. perhaps more tragically, most homicides are intraracial. the vast majority of killers of blacks are blacks. we're killing each other every day. no
as much interest in hadiya pendleton the way she did. she was like, momma, i wanted people to feel how this happened, do you know this is going to happen, and, you know, she just had a lot of questions about life and death, i mean, because all you see around. >> so obviously another tragic murder in the city of chicago highlighting the president's call to end the gun violence, and we should say, craig, when president obama spoke in chicago, he really called for a broad approach to ending the violence, not just through stiffer legislation, but also by investing in communities, investing in early education, investing in families. now, of course, the president is also calling for stiffer gun laws, things like reinstating the ban on assault weapon, limiting high capacity magazines and expanding universal background checks. it is thought that the majority of those proposals are going to have a really tough time getting through congress. however, it appears as though something like universal background checks might have more bipartisan support than some of the other proposals that president
the newtown tragedy to the hadiya pendleton shooti shooting, the 15-year-old girl shot in chicago, the president has made this very personal. at this point politically. what type of legislation can he realistically get through congress? >> well at this point not too much has changed on the hill since this issue began being raised at the beginning of this congress. right now universal background checks remain the one part of that whole agenda that really seems like the most politically feasible. what i found really interesting in what the president talked about on friday, though, he did bring that gun control message to chicago, a place where he obviously has a long history. >> yes. >> and has lived for many years. when he was talking about that, he brought the issue of newtown into it saying the number of gun deaths you'll have in the city of chicago would equal four newtowns a year and linked it to his personal experience of a son as a single mother, it's not just about gun violence in these communities, it's really about the issues of family. it's something that i think you saw
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